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Markwalder remembers ponzi scheme

Mon, 07 May 2012 16:27:47 CDT
By: AP

News of the capture of a Peoria area couple years after they went on the lam for running a Ponzi scheme brought back suspicions Marcia Markwalder had about the pair the last time she and her husband invested and lost about $35,000. Markwalder is the former mayor of Bartonville. She says she remembers how Nelson Hallahan's hands shook and how he couldn't look her in the eye, and she recalls warning her husband that they were going to be sorry. Now, Nelson and Janet Hallahan sit in jail in Arizona after being captured 12 years after they pleaded guilty to federal charges in a $1.2 million scheme. Markwalder says she still feels sorry for Janet Hallahan's parents. She says they invested and lost everything.

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